Herefordshire Chairman of the Council, Brian Wilcox, has chosen Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford as his charity for this year. This collaboration means that the council’s offices at Plough Lane, will be offering a collection bank in the foyer, where residents and council staff can recycle their bras for this fantastic cause.
Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity that supports women throughout or after their breast cancer treatment. When breast cancer tries to rob a woman of her individuality, confidence or strength, Breast Cancer Haven provides a tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support that helps her hold on to them.
It costs £1,000 for each individual programme of treatment at Breast Cancer Haven and their funding comes entirely from community and corporate support.
Julie Nicholas, Corporate Fundraiser at Breast Cancer Haven said ‘each kilo of bras collected raises 95p for Breast Cancer Haven. We have other bra banks strategically placed around the county including at Marks & Spencer’s and Sainsbury’s in Barton Road – the more bra banks there are, the more money we can raise.’
A percentage of the bras collected will stay in the UK to be reused or recycled and the remaining ones will be exported for reuse in Eastern Europe, central Africa, and South Asia.
‘It’s a triple win’ says Julie. ‘The collection of bras not only help fund our vital breast cancer support services to the local people of Hereford but also helps those in need further away. This project also reduces textiles that end up in landfill’.
If you own a shop with a changing facility, run a local village hall, slimming club or similar and have a suggestion of where a bra bank can be placed please get in touch with Julie Nicholas at Breast Cancer Haven: Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org.